Twitter explained how it plans to transfer institutional accounts to Joe Biden’s administration, confirming that they will not automatically retain followers from the previous administration.
The platform also indicated that a new account, @secondgentleman, will be launched for use by Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
“People on Twitter will be able to see the transition of power unfold in real time as the accounts of the White House, President, Vice President, First Lady and White House press secretary inherit their new institutional usernames: @ Transition46 will become @White House, @PresElectBiden will become @POTUS, @SenKamalaHarris will become @VP, @FLOTUSBiden will become @FLOTUS, and @PressSecPsaki will become @PressSec. Tweets, account history, and followers will move from account to account. “
But accounts will not automatically inherit subscribers from the previous administration. Instead, Twitter said followers will receive in-app alerts and other prompts, with the ability to follow the new administration’s accounts.
Biden posted his first tweet on Thursday to the @preselectbiden account, which has nearly 500,000 followers so far.
“My friends – This will be the account of my official duties as president. At 12:01 a.m. on January 20, it will become @POTUS. Until then I will use @Joe Biden. And while you’re here, follow @FLOTUSBiden @SenKamalaHarris @SecondGentleman and @ Transition46. “
Folks – This will be the account of my official duties as president. At 12:01 a.m. on January 20, it will become @POTUS. Until then I will use @Joe Biden. And while you’re here, follow @FLOTUSBiden @SenKamalaHarris @SecondGentleman and @ Transition46.
– President-elect Biden (@PresElectBiden) January 15, 2021
Donald Trump’s @POTUS account will be transferred to the National Archives and available to the public under the name @ POTUS45. His @realdonaldtrump account was his own personal account, but Trump was suspended for good last week following the siege on Capitol Hill.